• by Joel and Andrew Skousen
  • by David Werner
  • by Murray Dickson
  • by Carla Emery (See review, below)
  • by James Talmage Stevens
  • by Vicki Tate
  • by Cresson H. Kearney (Available for free download.)
  • by John Pugsley. (Out of print, but a PDF is available for free download.)
  • by Boston T. Party (See review, below)
  • by Mel Tappan
  • by Mel Tappan
  • Jim’s “Second Tier” List of Recommended Specialty Books:

    • by Mike Bubel
    • by Abigail R. Gehring
    • by Janet Greene
    • by Carol Hupping
    • by Peggy Layton
    • by Steve Solomon
    • by Mel Bartholomew
    • by Suzanne Ashworth
    • by Gene Logsdon
    • by Gene GeRue
    • by Dolly Freed
    • by Ragnar Benson
    • by Mike Oehler
    • by Dr. Martin Fackler, et al.
    • (See review, below)
    • (The 2017 edition was the last printed version of the PDR.)
    • by Bill Forse
    • by Larry Dean Olsen
    • by Ray Mears
    • by John “Lofty” Wiseman
    • by Maj. John L. Plaster
    • by H. von Dach
    • book series by Kurt Saxon. Many are out of print in hard copy, but they are all available on DVD. Here, I must issue a caveat lector (“reader beware”): Mr. Saxon has some very controversial views that I do not agree with. Among other things he is a eugenicist.

    Other Nonfiction Books Recommended by SurvivalBlog Readers:

    • by Lawrence A. Kane and Kris Wilder
    • (U.S. Army manual)
    • (U.S. Army manual)
    • by Jack A. Spigarelli
    • series (in 11 volumes, but the first five are the best)
    • by Matthew Stein
    • by Aton Edwards
    • by Maurice G. Kains
    • by Bradford Angier
    • by Eliot Coleman
    • by Hugh Coffee
    • by Ed Romney
    • by Joel Skousen
    • , by Neil Strauss
    • by Cody Lundin
    • by Cody Lundin
    • by John Poole
    • by Paul Tawrell
    • Engineer Field Data (US Army FM 5-34) —, but I recommend getting a hard copy. preferably with the heavy-duty plastic binding.
    • by Don Paul
    • by Kathy Harrison
    • by John & Martha Storey
    • by Eric A. Weiss, M.D
    • (it superceded the very out-of-date ST 31-91B)
    • by Paul S. Auerbach
    • by Elliot Coleman
    • by Abigail R. Gehring
    • by Adrienne Crowhurst
    • by Ragnar Benson
    • by Harold Peterson
    • by John McPherson
    • , edited by Christopher M. Parrett
    • by James H. Kunstler
    • by Jeff Cooper
    • by Ragnar Benson
    • by Eliot Coleman

    Jim’s Recommended “Be Ready to Barter” Reference Book List:

    If you enjoy reading my blog, you will also likely enjoy reading these non-fiction books that I authored:

    • . A detailed guide to family preparedness for turbulent times. This book has been a perennial best-seller for Penguin Books.
    • — A general guide to essential tools for your home and retreat. Published by Penguin Books.


    Recommended Books on Current Events and Economics

    • ?by Nick Taleb
    • by Dr. Gary North
    • by Peter Schiff
    • by Michael J. Panzner
    • by Michael J. Panzner
    • by Martin Weiss
    • by Addison Wiggin and Bill Bonner
    • by James H. Kunstler

    Fiction with Survival and Preparedness Themes (Some of these are out of print but usually available via inter-library loan):

    • by Larry Niven and Jerry Pournelle
    • by Pat Frank (A classic nuke scenario. This book was a key influence in my writing and it was my inspiration to write “ in a similar style.)
    • by David Crawford (Post-EMP attack.) Also available as .
    • by Dean Ing (includes the text of “Pulling Through” a more modern nuke scenario + a mini nuke survival manual) Not to be confused with my .
    • by Algis Budrys (Plague total wipe-out scenario. This book was another with an influence in my writing.
    • by John Christopher (Massive crop disease/social breakdown scenario, from the British perspective.)
    • by Matthew Bracken
    • by Boston T. Party
    • by George Stewart
    • by Oliver Lange (Invasion scenario. Note: It was later republished under the title: )
    • by Michael Z. Williamson (SurvivalBlog’s Editor at Large)
    • by John Ross (This otherwise excellent novel was marred by some vulgarity and gratuitous sex scenes. Beware!)
    • by Ayn Rand
    • by Gordon Dickson
    • by Michael Crichton
    • , by Ray Kytle
    • by Lew Wallace

    The Late Memsahib’s Top “Must Have” Book:

    by Carla Emery. Sasquatch Books. (Get the Ninth or later edition.) This book is 845 pages of valuable ‘how-to’ country survival knowledge. The Memsahib (1964-2009) wrote: “The first time that I butchered chickens, I used this book. When I needed 15 different ways to fix zucchini I turned to this book, when I wanted to make soap, pickles, jelly, bread from scratch, butter, and cream cheese, I found everything I needed to know in this book!”

    Other Books Recommended by The Late Memsahib:

    • by Steve Solomon
    • by Charles Long
    • by Gene Lodgson
    • by Dirk van Loon
    • by Phyllis Hobson
    • by Dirk van Loon
    • by Bob Bennett
    • by Paula Simmons
    • by Rick and Gail Luttmann
    • by Penelope Ody

    Recommended Magazine Subscriptions:

    Some of JWR’s Favorite Movies with Survival Themes:

    A Proviso: None of these films except for City of Ember are suitable for children!

    • ?The recent remake has also had positive reviews)
    • (suitable for ages 12 and up)
    • This movie was based on the book by Nechama Tec
    • (Buy the original version, made in 1965, starring Jimmy Stewart. The recent remake pales in comparison.)
    • (a good remake of (see below.)
    • the American remake of
    • (It has far too many 1970s cliches, but still worth watching. More recently re-made as )
    • (IMHO, one of the better western films made)
    • (The corny film that first got me thinking about TEOTWAWKI, when I was a lad)
    • (A typically “Hollywood” overblown production, but still a good think piece)
    • , aka Mad Max movies (Mad Max 2 “The Road Warrior” is by far the best of the three, although has its merits)
    • (BTW, it is too bad that Spielberg didn’t show Oskar Schindler arming his Jewish employees–which is what actually happened)
    • (I also highly recommend the short-lived cable television series , from which this feature film spun off.)
    • (IMHO, the best western film ever made)
    • (This one barely made my list, but you may find it worth watching)
    • movies ( is by far the best, IMHO. ( was a bit lame, but worth seeing if only for the glimpses of “Crystal Peak”.) The television series also has its merits.)
    • (1936)
    • (more for fun rather than an education. Only the first movie is worth watching, IMHO.)
    • (Documentary on World War II.)

    Note: If you enjoy movies with survival themes, then you will like reading my “Pulling Through” screenplay (available for .)

    Recommendations by Blog Readers:

    Some of JWR’s Favorite Movies (of Various Themes and Genres):

    Proviso: Most of these films are NOT for children. If you have teenagers, I recommend that you pre-view these films to check their suitability for your kids at their particular ages.

    • (Biography of the abolitionist William Wilberforce)
    • (suitable for ages 12 and up)
    • ?Suitable for children 10 and up
    • (live action, directed by Peter Jackson)
    • (animated)–Suitable for children
    • — Suitable for ages 14 and up
    • (The later installments in the Indiana Jones movies aren’t nearly as good.)
    • (I think that this film was probably an inspiration for The Matrix.)
    • — Suitable for children
    • — Suitable for ages 14 and up


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